Iwa Salami

Dr Iwa Salami

Reader (Associate Professor)

Centre for the Study of States, Markets and People (STAMP)

Department of Law & Criminology , Royal Docks School of Business and Law

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  • Reader (Associate Professor) in Law
  • Programme Leader, LLM FinTech Law
  • Programme Leader, Postgraduate Research Degrees (Law)
  • Deputy Chair, School's Research Degrees Sub-Committee
  • Executive Board Member, Centre for the Study of States, Markets and People
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Qualifications

  • PhD (London)
  • LLM (London)
  • LLB (London)
  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • FHEA

Areas Of Interest

Dr Salami is keen to supervise potential PhD students interested in researching any aspects of FinTech regulation and financial regulation in emerging economies.

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OVERVIEW

Dr Iwa Salami is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Law  at the Royal Docks School of Business and Law. She is the Programme Leader for Law Postgraduate Research Degrees and is the Deputy Chair of the School's Research Degrees Sub-committee. She is also a member of the Executive Board of the Centre for the Study of States, Markets and People. She is a Member of the Governing Council of the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA).

Prior to joining UEL, she was a research fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London where she lectured and thereafter served as external examiner on the Banking and Finance Law Programmes. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster Business School. She has previously worked in the UK and abroad including at the Government Legal Service and the African Development Bank.

Dr Salami has published extensively in the field of financial regulation in emerging economies and financial technology (FinTech) regulation. Her publications include numerous articles in internationally refereed journals and a book: Financial Regulation in Africa: An Assessment of Financial Integration Arrangements in African Emerging and Frontier Markets (Ashgate, 2012).  She is currently working on her second monograph on Financial Technology Regulation in Africa, to be published by Routledge in 2022.

Iwa holds an LLB from University of Westminster, an LLM from King's College, University of London and a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London. 

External roles

  • Governing Council Member / Trustee, The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA)
  • External Examiner, LLM International Commercial Law Programmes, University of Reading
  • Consultant / Alternate Lead of the Policy Advisory Group, Esher and Makarios Legal Practitioners

PUBLICATIONS

Most recent publications

  • Salami, I (2021) 'Financial Technology and African Capital Markets Post COVID-19', Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation (accepted for publication).
  • Salami, I (2020) 'COVID-19 Crisis in Africa: Leveraging FinTech and RegTech for Economic Recovery' 35 (10) Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation 410 - 420.
  • Salami, I (2020) 'Decentralised Finance: A Holistic Approach to Regulating the Crypto Industry', 35(7) Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 496 - 499.
  • Salami, I (2020) 'Cryptoassets Regulation in Africa: RegTech and SupTech Considerations' The African Reinsurer Volume 34, June 2020.
  • Salami, I. (2019) 'Alternative Financing Approaches and Regulation in Africa', in Daniel Makina (ed.) Extending Financial Inclusion in Africa (Elsevier 2019).
  • Salami, I (2019) 'Facebook's Libra: A Global Monetary System Governed by Private Corporations? E-International Relations' 8 October 2019 available at https://www.e-ir.info/2019/10/08/facebook-libra-a-global-monetary-system-governed-by-private-corporations/
  • Salami, I (2019) 'From Bitcoin to Libra: A Global Public - Private Partnership Approach to Regulation,' European Financial Review August - September 2019 available at https://www.europeanfinancialreview.com/from-bitcoin-to-libra-a-global-public-private-partnership-approach-to-regulation/
  • Salami, I (2018) 'Cryptocurrencies - Cross-Border Financial Regulatory Dimensions,' European Financial Review April - May 2018 available at http://www.europeanfinancialreview.com/?p=23432
  • Salami, I (2018) 'Terrorism Financing with Virtual Currencies: Can Regulatory Technology Solutions Combat This', Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, volume 41, Issue 12: 968 - 989; also available at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2017.1365464?journalCode=uter20

Portfolio

Conferences

  • I Salami, Speaker, 'Regulatory priorities for Decentralised Finance' at the African Digital Finance Summit, Nairobi, Kenya, 18-19 February 2021.
  • I Salami, Speaker on 'Digital Transformation and Finance During the Covid-19 Crisis and Regulatory Dimensions' at the UEL Research is Open 2020 Virtual Conference, 31 July 2020.
  • I Salami, Chair of the 'Regulatory priorities for Fintech - emerging technologies, compliance and consumer protection' at the Fintech in the UK Westminster Business Forum (virtual) policy conference, 2 April 2020.
  • I Salami, Panellist, 'Cross-border Developments in Digital Assets and Implications for the UK' at the Fintech in the UK Westminster Business Forum (virtual) policy conference, 2 April 2020.
  • I Salami, Panellist, 'The Future of the FinTech Sector' at the Women in FinTech Summit, organised by Re-Work, London, 31 March 2020 (cancelled).
  • I Salami, 'Future of cryptocurrency, blockchain and its role in an increasingly digital society' Special Parliamentary Debate at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, organised by Parliament Street Think Tank, 24 March 2020 (cancelled).
  • I Salami, 'Cryptocurrency Regulation: Balanced Regulation Needed' at the FinTechTalents Festival, PrintWorks London, 17 November 2019.
  • I Salami, Panellist on, 'Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: Where Next?' Parliamentary Debate at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, organised by Parliament Street Think Tank, 27 March 2019.
  • I Salami, Discussant on 'FinTech in East Africa: From Local Incubator to Pan-African Hub' at Stephenson Harwood, London, organised by the British Institute in Eastern Africa, sponsored by the British Academy, 28 November 2018.
  • I Salami, Panellist on, 'Rights Based Approach to Doing Business for Sustainable Development in Sierra Leone' at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly side event, New York, sponsored by UNDP and LexisNexis, 27 September 2018.
  • I Salami, Speaker on 'Regulating Cryptocurrencies' at the UEL 2018 Research & Knowledge Exchange Conference on Global Challenges, University of East London, Docklands, 28 June 2018.
  • I Salami, Speaker on 'Energy Finance and Investments in Africa' at CCLS - UNIDROIT Development Finance in Emerging Markets Conference at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, 14 April 2018.
  • I Salami, Speaker on 'African Continental Free Trade Agreement and the Role of Law' at the African Studies Seminar Series at the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL, London, 21 March 2018.
  • I Salami, Chair at Centre for the Study of States, Markets & People, School of Business & Law, University of East London Annual Research Colloquium on 'Neoliberalism and Ordoliberalism: One or Two Critiques?' at UEL London, 8 December 2017.
  • I Salami, Chair at British Academy Lecture on 'The Moral Economy of Elections in Africa' at the British Academy, London, 13 June 2017.
  • I Salami, Speaker on 'FinTech Regulation in Africa: The Case of Mobile Payments and Cryptocurrencies' at the Fifth Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg from 7-9 July 2016.
  • I Salami, Panel Chair on 'Bankable Power and Infrastructure Projects in Africa' at The Global African Investment Summit at Central Hall, Westminster, London, 1 - 2 December 2015.
  • I Salami, Session Chair on 'Accounting Profession and Regulation' at the 5th African Accounting and Finance Association Conference hosted by the University of Mauritius, Mauritius 1 - 4 September 2015.
  • I Salami, Speaker at the 5th African Accounting and Finance Association Conference on 'A Regional Approach to Regulating African Cross-border Banks' hosted by the University of Mauritius, Mauritius 1 - 4 September 2015.
  • I Salami, Speaker at Chatham House London on 'UK Africa Policy, the Prosperity Agenda and the 'Golden Thread': Between Idealism and Pragmatism?' 23 March 2015

TEACHING

Programmes:

  • LLB
  • LLM
  • MPhil/PhD


Undergraduate teaching:

  • Banking Law (LLB)
  • Commercial Law (LLB)
  • Constitutional Law (LLB)
  • Contract Law (LLB)
  • European Union Law (LLB)


Postgraduate teaching:

  • Law of International Finance (LLM)
  • Regulation of Financial Markets (LLM)
  • Law of the World Trade Organisation (LLM)
  • International Law Problems and Process (LLM)
  • FinTech Regulation (LLM)

PhD Supervision:

  • Noud Alowaymir (2021): Combating Terrorism Financing in Saudi Arabia
  • Clinton Osemwengie (2023): Regulation of Cryptocurrencies in Africa